Blast masters: Alan and co fire the last explosion on aircraft site

The dust has settled on three years of explosions on St Helena’s airport construction site: the final rock blast of the entire project took place on Prosperous Bay Plain at 5.20pm on Friday 20 March 2015. It achieved its objective, with 975kg of explosives yielding about 3,700 tonnes of rock near the site of the navigational […]

Welcome to St Helena Airport…

St Helena’s airport will officially be known as… St Helena Airport. So says the 51st Airport Update, reporting the decision by executive councillors. “The name is strongly supported by the aviation industry and has instant recognition for passengers,” it says. The newsletter also reports on open days at the end of September, at which about […]

Creativity takes flight as airport hits half-way mark

  Driving a digger back and forth, filling an entire valley with rubble to carry the runway for St Helena’s airport, may not seem the most artistic of jobs. But you can’t keep the St Helenian creative spirit down, it seems. Two open days at the airport site have been held on successive weekends in […]

Two years into airport contract, the Gut is filling nicely

Anywhere else in the world, to speak of filling a gut would be considered less than polite. Not on St Helena. It’ll be an international cause for celebration when the eight millionth tonne of rock is tipped into the last dimple of Dry Gut, ready to carry the island’s first airport runway across what was […]

Basil Read offers water truck – but it’s too big for roads

A giant water carrier from St Helena’s airport site has been put on standby to help if the island’s domestic supply has to be switched off, as drought continues. But the vehicle is legally too big for the narrow and winding roads. Construction firm Basil Read has offered the loan one of its two bowsers, […]

Intrepid South Africans playing key role in St Helena airport adventure

The first plane to officially land at St Helena’s new airport – the first airport in the island’s more than 500 years of human habitation – is scheduled to do so in February 2016. Building an Airport by Ship Jimmy Johnston says the biggest challenge in building St Helena Airport has been creating and maintaining […]

Aconex reports that Basil Read will Use Aconex for Saint Helena Airport Project

Project Information Management System Supports Collaboration for Historic Development JAMESTOWN, SAINT HELENA — (Marketwired) — 04/09/13 — Aconex, provider of the world’s most widely used online project collaboration solutions for the infrastructure, construction, power, mining, and oil and gas industries, today announced that Basil Read (Pty) Ltd, a leading global construction and engineering firm based […]

Rough seas force airport ship to sit at anchor

Words and pictures by Bruce Salt St Helena’s airport supply ship, the NP Glory 4, has had to retreat from her mooring in Ruperts Bay after sea conditions deteriorated on Friday 1 March 2013. Today (Monday), the ship remained at anchor as the rough sea continued. Even though the 78-metre-long vessel was moored to the shore in Ruperts […]